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Wednesday
Apr182012

paint colors for a new home...

Hello! I know it's been awhile since I've posted any news about our move to Philadelphia, but I have so much to share now. We closed on our new 200-year old Federal style row house on Friday, and I took hundreds of 'before' photos so I can start sharing my renovation and decorating ideas with you.

We're having the interior of the house painted next week before we move in, and I've kept the color palette very simple. Basically, white, white and light grey. Why so much white? The house has 11-foot ceilings, seven fireplaces, several chandeliers, ornate gilded mirrors in the living and dining rooms, and wide plank heart pine wood floors. For me, those features are enough, and adding color on the walls before I know how my furniture will change the space makes me a little nervous. Here are a few of the before photos I took this weekend to give you a flavor of the house...
Before: Living room with marble fireplace, gilded mirror, heart pine floors & chandelier
Before: View of pocket doors into dining room
Before: View from living into the entry hall and dining room.
Before: Dining room with another marble fireplace and a gorgeous ornate mirror.Before: Entry way with two chandeliers & picture rail molding.
My color choices:
The trim, doors and windows in "Decorator's White" by Benjamin Moore.



The walls and ceilings in "Clam" by Benjamin Moore.

The office, and entryway space above the picture rail in Abalone by Benjamin Moore.





I've decided to paint the floors in the master bedroom white. This will be my first white floor! I've always wanted to try it, but my wood floors were much too pretty to paint. Don't worry, I won't be painting the heart pine wood floors. The floors in the master bedroom at some point were replaced with 2" pine or oak with an unappealing yellow-ish stain. I'm not a fan of the golden stain along side the beautiful dark wood trim and cabinets surrounding the fireplace. Don't you think the white floors will make the room feel more cohesive and much more elegant? 
My Plan. Paint the master bedroom floors white.
Note the transition from wide plank heart pine floors to 2" oak flooring just after the wall.

I can't wait to share the 'after' photos with you in a few weeks. Until then, I plan to share more of my renovation ideas with you - there's so much to do! We're starting with the master bathroom, kitchen and a small guest bathroom. Plus, there's all the little details - switch plates, door knobs, light fixtures, my studio...it just goes on and on!


Reader Comments (1)

I love everything about your new space. So functional and airy. Just beautiful.
Sunday, July 22 | Unregistered CommenterLala

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